By Robert B. Reich
America’s economic system and democracy are operating for the good thing about an ever-fewer privileged and robust humans. yet instead of simply bitch approximately it or hand over at the procedure, we needs to sign up for jointly and make it paintings for we all.
In this well timed e-book, Robert B. Reich argues that not anything strong occurs in Washington except voters are energized and arranged to ensure Washington acts within the public stable. step one is to determine the large photo. past Outrage connects the dots, exhibiting why the expanding proportion of source of revenue and wealth going to the head has hobbled jobs and development for everybody else, undermining our democracy; triggered americans to develop into more and more cynical approximately public existence; and became many american citizens opposed to each other. He additionally explains why the proposals of the “regressive correct” are lifeless improper and offers a transparent roadmap of what needs to be performed as an alternative.
Here’s a plan for motion for everybody who cares in regards to the way forward for the USA.
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Additional info for Beyond Outrage: What Has Gone Wrong with Our Economy and Our Democracy, and How to Fix It
The media focus on the game—who’s up and who’s down and which political strategies are winning or losing—rather than on the big issues. And campaigns are geared only to winning on Election Day rather than to building long-term strategies and movements for fundamental change. This book is meant to help you focus on what needs to be done and how you can contribute, and to encourage you not to feel bound by what you think is politically possible this year or next. You need to understand why the stakes are so high and why your participation—now and in the future—is so important.
But in order to be effectively mobilized, we need to see the big picture. Reich connects the dots for us, showing why the increasing share of income and wealth going to the top has hobbled jobs and growth for everyone else, while undermining our democracy; has caused Americans to become increasingly cynical about public life; and has turned many Americans against one another. He also explains why the proposals of the “regressive right” are dead wrong and provides a clear road map for what must be done instead.
The fundamentals of our economy are out of whack, which has distorted our democracy, and these distortions, in turn, are making it harder to fix the economic fundamentals. Later in the book we’ll examine several of these dots in detail, but now I’d like you to see the big picture. The first dot: For three decades almost all the gains from economic growth have gone to the top. In the 1960s and 1970s, the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans got 9–10 percent of our total income. 5 percent. Over the same period the wealthiest one-tenth of 1 percent tripled its share.